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I bungled the commands and wrote sh -man

Now I've entered a program called sh-3.2 that is seemingly impossible to exit.

Ctrlc,Ctrlz, or Ctrlxdoes not work.

exit, quit, q, :q also does not work.

All google answers are for exiting shell scripts programmatically.

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Title improvements welcome; I do not know if "sh program" is the correct term. – The Unfun Cat Nov 26 '12 at 7:46
Ctrl+D does the trick for me. – jippie Nov 26 '12 at 7:50
Post as answer so this thread can get an accepted answer. Will probably be useful to some other newb in the future. – The Unfun Cat Nov 26 '12 at 7:51

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Ctrl+D does the trick for me.

Actually it is the -n flag that introduces this behaviour. It is meant to do only syntax checking of the commands, but doesn't actually execute them.

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Try ctrl+d that should kill the shell.

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If you can paste the "bungled" shell script here, we can all see and comment on how to properly exit from it. Unless you executed a "trap" statement and prevented ctrl-c from functioning as expected, ctrl-c should break the execution of the script at any given moment.

Please post your code for a better answer

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A bit quick there- it is one the first line: "sh -man" ;) – The Unfun Cat Nov 29 '12 at 18:57

Try logout or Ctrl+d. They are the same.

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Try also typing ` which is in the same key as ~ on the keyboard, and then press Return. Ctrl+D kills the terminal but ` won't.

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Typing what !? Remember that around the world different keys are in different places, so whatever is on your ~ key almost certainly won't reliably match someone else's. – roaima Nov 6 at 17:51
@roaima they meant a backtick but the markup ate it. – terdon Nov 6 at 18:08

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